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Female California sea lion pup learns to swim

California sea lion pup TJ learns to swim in her home at the Houston Zoo.
California sea lion pup TJ learns to swim in her home at the Houston Zoo.

A California sea lion pup who was born at the Houston Zoo is getting her flippers wet.

Thanks to video provided by the zoo, viewers now have a chance to watch the pup — recently named TJ — learn to swim under the watchful eye of zookeepers.

TJ’s mother, Kamia, also is there to make sure the first swimming lessons go smoothly.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the zoo reports that sea lions aren’t born swimmers — they have to learn from their parents.

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